this morning we were listening to k-love in the car and they mentioned something about being married. from the backseat elizabeth pipes up...."mommy, i don't want to get married."
the conversation continued like this.
me: "why not?"
elizabeth: "just because i don't."
me: "okay...but you might change your mind."
elizabeth: "i might not."
me: "you might meet someone special...like daddy is to mommy...you never know. marriage is pretty special."
kate: "i want to get married." (imagine that it is the "competing" voice...you with two talking children know what i mean, right?...the "me too!" voice...or the "i wanna go first" voice...in kate's case it is the "i'm just as big as you and i can do it too...don't try to tell me otherwise" voice)
me: "well, someday pumpkin"
kate: "i want to marry you, mommy."
me (feeling a wee bit flattered): "aww...thats sweet kate...but God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman...so you will need to find a boy to marry...and anyway...i'm your mommy...and i'll just stay your mommy forever."
kate: "oh...." letting that soak in...
kate: "then who can i marry?"
elizabeth: "well, kate. i was gonna marry patrick, but since i don't want to get married i guess you can marry patrick instead." (patrick is one of the lone boys in our flock group...mind you, he is 8 or 9, so i'm not sure he would be all that excited about my 2 and 4 year old taking dibs on who gets to marry him!)
kate: "oh...okay. mommy, i get to marry patrick!!!!!" (in about the most excited voice i've ever heard)
and just because she is so stinkin' cute with her little "cheese" smile...here she is....my silly little gator.